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New Year’s Eve Fashion in Brazil Posted by on Dec 26, 2011

In Brazil, we traditionally wear white on New Year’s eve. Why white? Because white symbolizes harmony, balance, and can be used to purify energies for a peaceful new year! Both men and women alike will wear different white or gold outfits according to the celebration they attend…

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Brazilian Christmas Recipes Posted by on Dec 21, 2010

Want to add a few Brazilian dishes to your Christmas feast, or just interested in learning about Brazilian cuisine? Take a look at some of these delicious recipes that are popular for the holidays. Rabanada – Sugared French Toast Panetone – Milan Fruitcake Peru de Natal – Christmas Turkey Pernil de Porco Ao Vinho –…

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Proclamação da República Posted by on Nov 15, 2010

Declaração da República 15 de Nov

As you’re reading this on Monday morning, I will hopefully be lying on one of the beaches of Búzios in Rio de Janeiro! Today is a holiday in Brazil, Dia da Proclamação da República in which marechal Deodoro da Fonseca led Brazilian revolutionaries in a coup d’etat against the monarchy and put an end to Brazil’s…

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Lyrics Practice: Maria Bethânia Posted by on Dec 28, 2009

As the holidays come to a close, let’s take an opportunity to listen to a holiday song in Portuguese and follow along with the music. This song is called “Boas Festas,” which as you remember from Friday, means Happy Holidays. Listen to the song and follow along with the words, and then see if you…

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Holiday Vocabulary Posted by on Dec 23, 2008

Today we’re going to take a look at some important phrases and vocabulary for the holiday season. Boas festas – Happy Holidays Feliz Natal – Merry Christmas Feliz Hanuká – Happy Hanukah Feliz Ano Novo – Happy New Year Reveillon – New Year’s Eve presente – gift amigo oculto – Secret Santa Papai Noel –…

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Planning Your Trip to Rio Posted by on Dec 19, 2008

High tourist season has begun in Brazil, and since many international tourists spend part or all of their time in Rio, I’m going to give you some helpful resources for planning your trip. Check out the floating Christmas tree on the Lagoon, the largest of its kind in the world Take a ride on the…

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